Dying ‘biocrusts’ could be good for climate change — or not

The disappearance of “biocrusts” in the world’s deserts may help slow climate change — though not without consequences, says a 10-year study in the journal Scientific Reports. Biocrusts are the “tangled masses of mosses, lichens and cyanobacteria” that emerge from the desert floor in places like the Sonoran desert in the American southwest and the Colorado plateau. They often… » Read More

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